Women's and Gender Studies
This course is designed to introduce students to the key issues, questions, and debates in the interdisciplinary field of Women's and Gender Studies. Central to the course will be a focus on the social construction of identity and the myriad ways in which gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality work to constitute people's experiences. Fall, Spring.
This course considers the theoretical and historical contexts of how social change happens from a feminist perspective. Students will engage in an experiential learning project that requires them to make connections between feminist theory, the history of liberatory social movements, and the need for engaged citizenship. Prerequisite: IIWGS 101. Fall, Spring.
An interdisciplinary examination of reproductive justice in the U.S. and other countries. Drawing on concepts from critical race theory, critical legal theory, and feminist theory, among others, students will explore the history informing ideas about reproduction, including eugenics, abortion debates, inequality in access to reproductive services, and similar topics. Prerequisites: ITW 101.
When the body is read as text, eating disorders are manifestations of cultural ideas that communicate to the self and the masses. This interdisciplinary course examines eating disorders through the optic of feminism, taking into consideration feminist discourse, theories of consumption and subjectivity formation, psychology, sociology, and literary analyses. Prerequisites: ITW 101. Fall.
We take an interdisciplinary approach to studying representations of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other social identities in popular culture. Using literature from cultural studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, communication, sociology, and other disciplines, we explore dominant ideologies and how they are perpetuated (or not) in media products. Prerequisites: ITW 101. Fall.
How did women's Holocaust experiences differ from those of men? An interdisciplinary exploration of gender in Central European families, in ghettos, camps, and resistance, this course examines connections between the Holocaust and present day manifestations of anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, and nationalism. Readings are drawn from history, women's studies, and Holocaust memoirs. Cross-listed as IIHGS 254. Occasionally.
Interdisciplinary study of a specific issue or topic within the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Students will develop skills in critical reading and critical thinking. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: ITW 101. Offered occasionally.
Study of a key issue or topic within the field of Women's and Gender Studies. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Offered Occasionally.
An opportunity for a qualified student to develop and complete an innovative project under the supervision of a Women's and Gender Studies faculty member on a topic not currently offered. Proposals must be submitted to the Women's and Gender Studies Department by the student for review before the start of the course.
This class will investigate interdisciplinary concepts and theories that analyze ethnic group experiences and their relation to colonization, immigration, and issues of identity, both in the United States and globally. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL.
This course investigates and interrogates key theoretical debates within the feminist movement and women's and gender studies. Central to this course is the idea that understanding significant categories such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality is an interpretive, theoretical, and political act. Prerequisite: WGS 201. Fall, Spring.
Queer studies provide a range of theoretical approaches that challenge fixed, essentialist identities, drawing attention to incoherencies in the allegedly stable sex/gender system. Placing a variety of queer theories in their historical context, this interdisciplinary course will provide a survey of contemporary arguments and critical terms used in the field. Prerequisite: WGS 201. Spring.
This class is an interdisciplinary examination of Latina feminist theories, drawing from history, epistemology, third-world feminisms, creative nonfiction literature, and art performances. The course is organized around the following issues: colonization, immigration, globalization, critical race theory, sexism, and Latina image representation. Prerequisites: IIWGS 101. Offered every other fall.
We take an interdisciplinary approach to studying the media using theories from cultural studies, communication, sociology, psychology, and other fields. We examine various media artifacts (TV shows, commercials, movie clips) in class. Students use appropriate theories to write a research paper on their choice of media-related topic. Prerequisite: IIWGS 101. Occasionally.
Sociological social psychology lies at the intersection of our inner lives and our social worlds. In this interdisciplinary course, we explore socialization, self-presentation, attitudes and behavior, interpersonal relationships, deviance, conformity, and other topics through sources from sociology, women's and gender studies, psychology, communications, and popular culture. Cross-listed with IISOC 330. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Spring.
Examines the myriad ways law and policy affects our lives, from hiring practices to the creation and dissolution of family, from crime to sports and education through the lenses of legal theories that promise the most fair creation and application of law. This course is crosslisted with CJS 340. Prerequisite: CJS 240. Spring
Advanced interdisciplinary study of theoretical perspectives within Women's and Gender Studies. Students will develop skills in critical reading and critical thinking. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: One 300-level WGS course or permission of instructor.
Students will explore the relationships among knowledge, power, and identities as they research a question related to women's, gender, and/or queer studies. The specific course topic will depend on the professor's and students' interests. Prerequisite: Take one from WGS 301, WGS 302, WGS 303, or WGS 304, or permission of instructor. Spring.
Independent reading and writing on an approved topic under direction of a Women's and Gender Studies faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.